Keeping patients safe

The government is seeking to ensure that NHS staff continue to provide life-preserving and urgent care, but routine surgery and other planned treatment is likely to be disrupted, after union member nurses commenced their strike action.

  • We are hugely grateful for the hard work and dedication of all NHS staff, including nurses, and deeply regret that some union members have voted for industrial action.
  • These are challenging times, which is why we accepted the recommendations of the independent NHS Pay Review Body in full – giving over one million NHS workers a pay rise of at least £1,400 this year, on top of a 3 per cent increase last year when public sector pay was frozen, alongside wider support with the cost of living.
  • Our priority is keeping patients safe during the strike action – we have plans in place to minimise disruption where possible and to make sure that emergency services continue to operate.

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